May I borrow your child's hand for a moment?

9 years ago

I need to do a quick bit of data collection for the project that shall not be named
and hope that some of the parents out there can give me a hand. I need
to know the size of kid's hands at various ages/sizes. If you have a
few minutes, would you please consider giving me a hand. Well, one of
your kid's hands.

Here's what I need to know:

  • Length from wrist to middle fingertip
  • Width across palm, without thumb
  • Age of child
  • General size for age (short/average/tall)
  • General build/weight

bonus points
I am also trying
to get an idea of the volume of a fist. My preferred method for
assessing this is pretty accurate and just messy enough to be fun for
small people. Fill a deep bowl with water, leaving it in the sink. Have
your child make a fist and stick it into the water up to the wrist.
(see why it is in the sink?) Remove the fist from the water and refill
the bowl with water from a measuring cup. How much water did it take? (a wise commenter pointed out that if you have a large measuring cup, you cn fill it partway (like to 2 cups) stick the fist in and measure. If you have a small enough fist around and this works, great!)

Alternatively, with hand in a fist, measure around the widest part
and from wrist to wrist (over the top). But really, that's not as much
fun as the water.

Comments on kitchenMage
are moderated so if you'd like to help out while not publicly divulging
this data, just say so and I will note the numbers and delete the
comment without it seeing the light of LCD display. If you prefer to
drop me a note, it's kitchenMage(at)gmail(dot)com.


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